Colleges and universities of Bihar get NAAC recognition and three months

Colleges and universities of the state have got a big relief for National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recognition. The Council has extended the period for uploading the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) for NAAC accreditation by three months. Now higher educational institutions will be able to upload AQAR for NAAC accreditation by May 31. In fact, this period had ended on February 28 itself, but a large number of colleges and universities in the province had not applied. He has been given another chance. Not only this, they can prepare AQAR of their educational institution for the period from 2016-17 to 2021-22.

Recently, more than 100 colleges and universities of the state had shown interest for NAAC accreditation. But, a large number of colleges were left out. At present there are 272 government and 300 private colleges in the state. Out of these only 41 are accredited by NAAC. According to NAAC, in March 2020, 134 colleges were recognized in Bihar. Two and a half years ago, out of 134 recognized colleges, 108 are government and 25 are affiliated colleges. Only one is in the category of autonomous. Now there are 27 government affiliated colleges and 07 affiliated colleges and 2 autonomous in the recognized colleges. In such a situation, many colleges are still left out of the list of recognized colleges. This golden opportunity has been provided for such institutions.

However, to maintain recognition, they will also have to prepare to upload Institutional Information for Quality Assessment (IIQA) and Self Study Report (SSR) by May 31. On this basis, they will get further relief. Recently, NAAC had given an opportunity to the colleges which had lost recognition during the Corona period to upload IIQA for NAAC evaluation. But now it has been expanded.

The government has expressed its displeasure:

The government has expressed displeasure many times over the slowness of colleges and universities for NAAC recognition. Additional Chief Secretary of Education Department Deepak Kumar Singh had also warned to take NAAC recognition at any cost. He said that the government is serious in this matter. He has also asked the Bihar Higher Education Council to run a comprehensive campaign regarding this.

NAAC assessment is required for grant:

Those colleges which are not NAAC rated, they will have difficulty in getting grant from National Higher Education Campaign. Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan gives funds for the development of universities and colleges. NAAC evaluation is necessary for grant in any case. Students studying from well rated college, university helps a lot in building a career. Enrollment in higher education is a problem in many institutions. There are problems in the job too. NAAC evaluation also gives recognition to the student-educational institution.

Regularly organized workshops:

Bihar Higher Education Council is continuously organizing workshops for information related to NAAC recognition. Many workshops have been organized at state level, university level, district level. The four-day workshop was held on December 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2022. 92 colleges were trained in the workshop organized at Chandragupt Institute of Management, capital Patna. After this A.N. Three days hand holding support was provided in the college, in which AQAR was prepared by calling 28 colleges. Then on 17th February a workshop of 138 colleges was organized.

NAAC is essential for higher educational institutions. Colleges-Universities have a better opportunity after the extension of duration. However, colleges and universities have shown interest in it. Its speed is also very fast. It is the effort of the government that more and more institutions get NAAC assessment.

– Prof. N.K. AggarwalState Nodal Officer cum Academic Advisor, Bihar State Council of Higher Education

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